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Best Tips for DIY Paper Flowers.

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Making paper flowers is an art, and you’ll realize this almost immediately. The first time you make a paper flower you will think, “wow, that was easy”. But it’s not until you master the skill when you’ll see the difference in your first flower, to the rest that follow. You’ll learn where to place the petals, how to attach the back for specific hanging methods (which is the hardest IMO). I’m hoping this will help you avoid mistakes and best of all, save you time.

  • Chose your petals accordingly, for example; heart-shaped petals are great for making roses, longer pointed petals make daisies.
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  • Prep your petals. You will need to cut a slit on the bottom of the petal, and then glue one side on top of the other to create a crease. You will also need to curl the edges. Curling the edges is a very important step because it gives the flower texture and creates a more realistic look. Curling the edges requires a bit of care that you don’t rip the paper, and depending on your petal, you may need to use a thicker tool to curl the edges with. For example, you may curl smaller flower petals with a pencil but larger petals may need a thick poster marker as a curling tool.

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  • A lot of tutorials that you find online will only use 3 layers of petals. You’ll have a small, medium, and large. If you add a 4th (even 5th) layer, your flower will look much fuller and so much better especially if you are going for a rose look. Don’t forget the center of the flower, which can either be a fringe ball or a mini flower in itself.
  • For a full flower you can plan on using up at least 15-20 sheets of 8.5”x11” paper per flower. It may be more if you want to add leaves/vines. Keep this in mind if you will be selling your creations (paper/supplies + time).

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  •  Use a hexagon to best help center your petals, otherwise, they’ll end up crooked. Example: your row of small petals will be too far to the left. Also, make sure your hexagon is large enough to support the size of the flower you want.
  • Depending on where you will be hanging your flowers, you need to figure out which backing will work best for you. If you have a foam backdrop, pins do the job quite well. If you have a curtain, you may want safety pins. Floral wire is probably the most common because it easily bends and can be attached to various backdrops.

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  • It’s best to attach your backing to your center before you assemble the flower and not after. As you glue the petals to your center, it will also adhere with the backing and create a sturdier bond for hanging.
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  •  Don’t forget that the location of your backing makes a difference when hanging your flower. If you place your backing in the middle of the flower and don’t have a sturdy backdrop, such as a curtain, your flower may droop downward. In this case, try placing the backing toward the top of the hexagon center.
  •  Hot glue is definitely a time saver as opposed to regular school glue/tacky glue. Hot glue sets a lot faster and you won’t have to sit there waiting for the glue to dry in order to attach the next petal. Just be prepared for some minor burns.
  • If you will be displaying your flowers outdoors in hotter climates, your flowers may start to come apart due to high temperatures. You may want to invest in a heavy-duty glue that can withstand higher temperatures.

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  •  Hanging and arranging the flowers is not as easy as it looks. A lot of times, the display looks too empty. In order to fix this problem, you need to make sure that you have different size flowers OR leaves/vines to fill in the gaps.

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Hopefully these tips help you in your DIY journey of making paper flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Jazelle

 

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